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Featured attraction: A TIME TO KILL + INTRO by The Celluloid Sorceress at The Cinema Museum (19 AUG 15:00): “A rare thing is a courtroom thriller daring to venture into the grey areas of the law, and A TIME TO KILL is a prime slice of legal Americana.” – Empire Online.
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
A TIME TO KILL + INTRO by The Celluloid Sorceress at The Cinema Museum (19 AUG 15:00):
- Winner of the NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Motion Picture and Supporting Actor 1997, A TIME TO KILL (1996) follows director Joel Schumacher’s FALLING DOWN (1993) in its prescient examination of white privilege and justice in modern America. A selection of vintage 35mm trailers screens before the feature.
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DIRTBAG: THE LEGEND OF FRED BECKEY at ArtHouse Crouch End (19 AUG 14:45):
- Hailed as one of the most prolific and influential climbers of all time, Fred Beckey has become a cult hero in the outdoor world. Eschewing fame, sponsors and family life so his only obligation would be the next summit, this rebel athlete conquered more unclimbed peaks than anyone in history during his 80-year career, staying myopically focused on the mountains until age 94.
More films in London today (A – Z):
- COCO at Backyard Cinema (19 AUG 12:30).
- EL MAR LA MAR at ICA (19 AUG 12:10).
- F FOR FAKE at DocHouse (19 AUG 16:00).
- FIGHT CLUB at Rooftop Film Club, Stratford (19 AUG 20:15).
- FLAME IN THE STREETS at Regent Street Cinema (19 AUG 14:30).
- GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES at Picturehouse Central (19 AUG 18:00).
- GREASE at Rooftop Film Club, Peckham (19 AUG 20:15).
- INTERSTELLAR at Backyard Cinema (19 AUG 16:30).
- ISLE OF DOGS at Whirled Cinema (19 AUG 18:00).
- LEANING INTO THE WIND at Lexi Cinema (19 AUG 17:15).
- LOVE IS THE DEVIL: STUDY FOR A PORTRAIT OF FRANCIS BACON at BFI (19 AUG 20:00).
- THE NUN at Regent Street Cinema (19 AUG 16:30 & 19:30).
- PURPLE RAIN at Rooftop Film Club, Shoreditch (19 AUG 21:00).
- SICILIAN GHOST STORY at ICA (19 AUG 14:00).
- SICILIAN GHOST STORY at The Castle Cinema (19 AUG 14:15).
- THE SHAPE OF WATER at Backyard Cinema (19 AUG 20:30).
- THREE COLOURS TRILOGY 35mm at Prince Charles (19 AUG 16:00).
- TOY STORY at Picturehouse Central (19 AUG 15:30 – Other Picturehouses available!).
- UNDER THE TREE at Barbican (19 AUG 13:35).
MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
70mm PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles (ongoing):
- 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY new ‘unrestored’ 70mm print (19 AUG 20:01).
AGNÈS VARDA: GLEANING TRUTHS various venues (AUG to SEP):
ANIMATION 2018 at BFI Southbank (2018):
CLOSE-UP ON ÉRIC ROHMER at Close-Up Centre (15 AUG to 03 SEP):
- LOVE IN THE AFTERNOON (19 AUG 18:00).
FIERCE: THE UNTAMEABLE JOAN CRAWFORD at BFI Southbank (AUG to OCT):
- DANCING LADY 35mm (19 AUG 15:30).
- A WOMAN’S FACE 16mm (19 AUG 17:40).
- MILDRED PIERCE (19 AUG 17:40).
- THE WOMEN (19 AUG 14:50 & 20:05).
PINTER ON SCREEN: POWER, SEX & POLITICS at BFI Southbank (AUG):
- PINTER’S POLITICAL PLAYS (19 AUG 17:30).
- REUNION 35mm (19 AUG 20:10).
- HAROLD PINTER: ART, TRUTH, POLITICS + PANEL DISCUSSION (19 AUG 15:00).
STUDIO GHIBLI FOREVER at The Prince Charles (until 06 JAN 2019):
- PRINCESS MONONOKE (19 AUG 12:45).
SUMMER FILMS at House of Vans (until 26 AUG – Free! / No booking required):
- THE WAY, WAY BACK (19 AUG 14:00 & 16:00).
MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
David Lynch Film Festival (19 AUG):
- Presented by Deeper Into Movies: THE ELEPHANT MAN, DUNE, INLAND EMPIRE + SHORT FILMS (19 AUG 14:00, The Five Bells).
London Feminist Film Festival (16 to 19 AUG):
- KEEPERS OF CULTURE: African Heritage & Feminist Documentary Practices (19 AUG 13:30, Rio Cinema).
- STAYING TOGETHER: Women Against Systemic Violence (19 AUG 16:00, Rio Cinema).
- FEMINIST FILMMAKING PRACTICES panel discussion (19 AUG 18:00, Rio Cinema).
- CONSTELLATIONS OF ACTIVISM (19 AUG 18:50, Genesis Cinema).
DISTANT CONSTELLATION at ICA (19 AUG 18:45):
- Shevaun Mizrahi’s debut documentary feature records the stories told by the residents of a retirement home in Istanbul. Sitting somewhere between ethnography and magical realism, the retirement home is situated in a tower whose interior walls are bestowed with an almost painterly quality by Mizrahi’s post-production.
THE EYES OF ORSON WELLES at The Institute Of Light (19 AUG 16:00):
- Granted exclusive access to hundreds of private drawings and paintings by Orson Welles, filmmaker Mark Cousins dives deep into the visual world of this legendary director and actor, to reveal a portrait of the artist as he’s never been seen before – through his own eyes, sketched with his own hand, painted with his own brush.
MILDRED PIERCE at BFI Southbank (19 AUG 17:40):
- Mildred Pierce (Joan Crawford, in her only Oscar®-winning role) is brought in for questioning after her second husband is shot. Through a series of flashbacks we track Mildred’s extraordinary life.
More films in London this week (A – Z): DRAGONFLY EYES at ICA (17 to 23 AUG). THE ESCAPE at Lexi Cinema (17 to 20 AUG). THE GUARDIANS at Phoenix Cinema (17 to 23 AUG). LEANING INTO THE WIND at DocHouse (17 to 23 AUG). MAURICE at BFI (18 to 22 AUG). MCQUEEN at ICA (17 to 23 AUG). NO DATE, NO SIGNATURE at ICA (17 to 23 AUG). RYUICHI SAKAMOTO: CODA at ICA (18 to 22 AUG). SPITFIRE at Watermans (17 to 23 AUG). UNDER THE TREE at ICA (17 to 22 AUG). VITCH at JW3 (19 to 23 AUG). THE WOUND at Whirled Cinema (20 to 26 AUG).
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